Shuswap MLA Greg Kyllo shows off his new look during Movember.

Shuswap MLA Greg Kyllo shows off his new look during Movember.

Liberals raise funds during Movember

The B.C. Liberal team has finished sixth overall nationally, raising more than $55,000 for men’s health in Canada.

With Movember officially over, the B.C. Liberal team has finished sixth overall nationally, raising more than $55,000 for men’s health in Canada.

Movember team captain Greg Kyllo, Shuswap MLA, successfully recruited 85 members, exceeding his goal of 30.

“At the beginning of November, I asked for 30 good men to join me in raising vital funds for men’s health. In just one week, we had more than doubled that number, while surpassing our fundraising goal of $10,000,” said Kyllo, who was one of 20 Liberal MLAs on the team.

Kyllo raised $1,981 in memory of his father.

“My dad passed away when I was 28 years old and there is not a day that goes by that I do not miss him. My dad Glenn was diagnosed in the early stages of prostate cancer but a few years later passed away from a brain tumour. Cancer effects all of us,” said Kyllo.

“Prostate cancer runs in my family and early diagnoses is the key. I hope by raising funds I can help raise awareness for men’s health.”

Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick and Ian Pusey, a UBC Okanagan student from Coldstream, also raised funds during the campaign.

Vernon-Monashee MLA Eric Foster was part of the B.C. Liberal headquarters effort. Foster rallied the troops and spread the message to his colleagues.

Since 2003, millions have joined the men’s health movement, raising more than $676 million and funding over 1,000 projects through impact investments, focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity.

“Movember is all about uniting our community and thanks to Greg and his team, we’re able to raise much needed funds and awareness to continue to change the face of men’s health,” said Jesse Hayman, director of community engagement with Movember Canada.